Hudson Valley Bed and Breakfast Owners Kept Disabled Man in Barn
The owners of a Hudson Valley bed and breakfast admitted they kept a disabled man in a barn and took over $30,000 from him.
On Thursday in Orange County Court, 68-year-old John Quick pleaded guilty to criminal tax fraud, a felony. His wife, 63-year-old Mary Quick pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal tax fraud.
The Goshen couple admitted they failed to file New York State Personal Income Tax Returns for the taxable year 2012 and didn't report as income a sum of money they received from a developmentally disabled man who lived in a barn on their property.
As part of the plea agreement, the Quicks will repay $35,783.67 to the developmentally disabled man.
The investigation into the Quick's began when New York State Police were told a developmentally disabled man living on the Quick’s property was asking neighbors for food, notwithstanding that he was receiving social security and disability income.
“I can’t overstate the importance of neighbors and other concerned citizens reporting crimes when they believe someone is being victimized,” Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said.
The man, who is no longer living on the Quick’s property, is now receiving assistance from Orange County Adult Protective Services, officials say.
The Quick's are the owners of the Silent Farm Bed and Breakfast in Goshen. In February 2017, they were accused of controlling the disabled man's bank account and removing funds without authorization.
An Orange County grand jury initially charged the Quicks with grand larceny and endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person.
A follow-up investigation revealed the Quicks didn't properly report their income on New York State tax filings, including failing to report over $35,000 that they had received from the disabled man. Another Orange County grand jury charged the Quicks with crimes including criminal tax fraud and both cases were consolidated in one indictment.
The Quicks are scheduled to be sentenced on June 8.
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